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Task Force 67 Change of Command

July 15, 2018 at 10:50 AM UTC
Lt. Brian F. O’Bannon

Capt. William C. Pennington relieved Capt. William R. Ellis as commodore of commander, Task Force 67 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.

Ellis commanded CTF-67 from August 2016 - July 2018 and is continuing on to serve as the director of the Maritime Operations Center, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

“The changes in our staff have coincided with a huge spike in our tempo,” said Ellis.. “We are executing from the horn of Africa to the East Med to the high North.”

In attendance was guest speaker Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO.

“Thanks to [Ellis’]efforts we are postured and ready to conduct the full spectrum of operations across Europe and Africa,” said Franchetti. “Presence, especially that provided by our forward-deployed forces, gives our national security decision makers lots of options and you provide those options every day.”

During Ellis’s command, CTF-67 was supported by five operational deployments from Patrol Squadrons (VP) 10, VP-5, VP-16, VP-45, and VP-4 from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida and Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, multiple detachments from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1, VP-1, and VP-40 from Whidbey Island, Washington, and one six-month detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 from Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado.

His command conducted multiple theater anti-submarine warfare operations, supporting operations and multi-national allied exercises including Baltic Operations, Dynamic Manta, Dynamic Mongoose, Breeze, Sea Shield, and Sea Breeze.

Pennington assumed command of CTF-67 after serving as multi-mission aircraft and programs branch head plus P-3/P-8 requirements officer at OPNAV N98 through 2017. Previously, he served as commanding officer of the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron(VP) 16 from 2013-2014, leading them on the maiden P-8A Poseidon deployment.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in weapons and systems engineering.

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